A report presented by Saskatoon City Administration Monday estimates that a city wide organics, or green cart program, would help Saskatoon’s waste diversion rate from 22.8 per cent to 32.5 per cent, an increase of 9.7 per cent.
City Council voted in favour of a mandatory curbside organics program earlier this year and a report regarding the issue was presented to the Environment, Utilities and Corporate Services Committee Monday. The program would cut down in the amount of material being thrown into the landfill by 26 thousand tonnes a year.
As of right now, the city operates a subscription-based organics green cart program. A request for information was sent out earlier in the year and the report shows that the recommended cart size is 240 litres or 65 gallons, which is smaller than the current 360 litre bin and that summer pick-up be weekly and that winter pick-up be reduced to bi-weekly. The committee received the report as information and the report will now go before City Council.